Iran arrests more environmentalists


By Middle East Affairs

Three environmentalists have been detained in Iran as family and friends of another prominent environmentalist are still reeling from the news of his alleged suicide in prison.

AFP picked up the report from a conservative-linked news website late Friday.

“Members of the Association for the Protection of Nature in Lavardin were arrested by a security agency. The allegations against them are unknown,” Tabnak, the news website reported.

These are the latest in a series of arrests on wildlife campaigners.

Eight members of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Association, the country’s most prominent nature NGO, were arrested in January on espionage charges.

The founder, Kavous Seyed Emami, 63, died in prison a couple weeks later and officials are saying he committed suicide.

However, family members are questioning the facts surrounding his death and claim they were threatened by officials.

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